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    Newbie Str8 Shaver cwrighta70's Avatar
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    Hey Everyone.

    I am just beginning this hobby. Straight razors have interested me a very long time now, I just never made the jump from my M3Turbo.

    My wife finally said I could invest in some things, so I have two blades on the way (1 eBay cheapo for stropping/honing practice and 1 Geneva), a strop, and of course a brush and soap. Hopefully soon, I can invest further into some hones/stones and other equipment for sharpening.

    I've done a good amount of research on equipment, technique, etc. However, if someone could point me to a good resource that explains paste, what it does, and how to use it, I would greatly appreciate it. I tried searching the forum, but didn't find much help.

    Any other advice is welcome, and I'm extremely excited to jump into this hobby!

    ~Chris

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    Welcome Chris,
    You've took the leap to a fun, but pricey hobby. I'm not one to pass on any advice since tonight was first shave with a straight, but I will provide a link that talks about paste stroping.
    http://straightrazorpalace.com/showthread.php?t=6759

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    welcome chris, you've got plenty of time to learn all about pastes or hones or razors and anything else you fancy

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    I need help... I have RAD
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    Welcome to SRP!!

    My wife had once referred to my straight razor shaving as a "fad" and "hobby" I had to correct her and tell her that it was a not a hobby rather a life's necessity. I have to shave and I chose to shave with a straight razor rather than a gillette.

    The hobby would be the RAD that I have............

    Quote Originally Posted by cwrighta70 View Post
    Hey Everyone.

    I am just beginning this hobby. Straight razors have interested me a very long time now, I just never made the jump from my M3Turbo.

    My wife finally said I could invest in some things, so I have two blades on the way (1 eBay cheapo for stropping/honing practice and 1 Geneva), a strop, and of course a brush and soap. Hopefully soon, I can invest further into some hones/stones and other equipment for sharpening.

    I've done a good amount of research on equipment, technique, etc. However, if someone could point me to a good resource that explains paste, what it does, and how to use it, I would greatly appreciate it. I tried searching the forum, but didn't find much help.

    Any other advice is welcome, and I'm extremely excited to jump into this hobby!

    ~Chris

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    Welcome!

    As for pastes - they are used to get that final touch of sharpness, especially in light of their relative low cost, compared to high-grit hones. For comparison, a 30K Shapton would set you back over $300, and who knows what you can pay for a Y/G Escher or a top Nakayama...

    Some people have reported rounding of bevels, and also less durable edges with pastes vs. stones. Also, it seems that diamond may leave a sharp but somewhat harsher edge. Chromium gives a very smooth edge, from my experience.

    Hope this helps

    Cheers
    Ivo

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    Welcome to SRP Chris!!

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    Thanks, guys. And thanks Aaron S. for the link...very helpful. I should be getting some things in the mail tomorrow. Once I get a chance to try them out, I'm sure I'll have a few more questions.

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